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Title:
Pure : inside the Evangelical movement that shamed a generation of young women and how I broke free
Author:
Klein, Linda Kay, author.
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Edition:
First Touchstone hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Touchstone, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
viii, 341 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
From a woman who has been there and back, the first inside look at the devastating effects evangelical Christianity's purity culture has had on a generation of young women--in a potent combination of journalism, cultural commentary, and memoir. In the 1990s, a "purity industry" emerged out of the white evangelical Christian culture. Purity rings, purity pledges, and purity balls came with a dangerous message: girls are potential sexual "stumbling blocks" for boys and men, and any expression of a girl's sexuality could reflect the corruption of her character. This message traumatized many girls--resulting in anxiety, fear, and experiences that mimicked the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder--and trapped them in a cycle of shame.
Language:
English
Contents:
Movement I: The stumbling blocks -- Sin, psychosis, or system -- The lie -- Pure destruction -- Sexual violence, classified -- Movement II: Stumbling through church -- Man-made girls -- The virgin -- The tigress -- Family values -- The stained-glass ceiling -- Movement III: Stumbling out of church -- Trapped -- Frozen -- The G(od) spot -- Dementor -- Movement IV: How we get over -- Going home -- The no shame movement -- Sanctuary.
ISBN:
9781501124815

9781501124822
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